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Author:  lambbo [ Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Hobie Outback Water in Mirage area

Hey guys, first post to this forum and hopefully one of you has ran into this issue. I recently got a used Hobie outback and I noticed that it seems like it get an awful lot of water in my foot area coming up from around the mirage drive. I'm guessing this isn't normal. I would expect a little water but not enough to come up to where my feet would go. Any ideas? The hull is bone dry all the time.

P.s. I added the orange foam to try and keep water out. It did not help.

http://imgur.com/a/8kwyK

Author:  SRAces [ Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie Outback Water in Mirage area

That looks normal to me. Hobie raised and flattened the flooring in the outback in 2015 if I remember correctly. The raised flooring reduced the water issue. I will assume yours is older than a 2015 looking at the picture.

Author:  lambbo [ Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie Outback Water in Mirage area

Thank you for your response . Yes my kayak is around 2008 model I believe. I guess I'll just deal with the water which in the summer is no issue but could be a problem in the winter time.

Author:  JohnYaksJax [ Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie Outback Water in Mirage area

Hello Lambbo and Welcome to JKF!!

Hobie makes an add-on feature to reduce (not prevent) the amount of water that comes into your Mirage Drive staging area....called the "Drive Well Seal".
It is just a piece of rubber/plastic that reduces the amount of water that sloshes up into your foot area, and here is a link to various descriptions:

https://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcaf ... +well+seal

If it does not, you can search on Drive Well Seal and you should find info and pix.
If you live in or near JAX, the area Hobie Dealer is Black Creek Outfitters and their address and phone # is in the sponsor area at the bottom of each page. I would call first to make certain they have that part in stock!!
Good Luck...JohnYaksJax
PS: The serial number of your Hobie is on the right rear near the stern. It is etched into a small box and you can do they paper trace on it with a crayon or some chalk....

Author:  hydrophilic [ Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie Outback Water in Mirage area

My older hobies did exactly what you are showing. My wife's boat was always less because she weighs less. The seal John suggests works somewhat. It is all based on weight. Less weight less water.

Author:  kayakdoctor [ Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie Outback Water in Mirage area

JYJ Got it right and got what I was going to recommend. The Drive Seal. You should be able to get one at BCO or on Amazon.

And yes the weight is the issue. When generously-sized anglers began to want to fish from a kayak, there were few choices. Only Ocean kayaks offered a kayak (the BIG Game Prowler) at that time that could take a capacity of 550-600 lbs. So Hobie then decided to go with a fishing platform and the Pro Angler was born. They don't even call it a kayak.

But for you, the old Hobie Outback of that era had only a 300-350 lb capacity. The hull is also radically different from what it is now. It is a very subtle tri-hull compared to the current model year which has a pronounced pontoon-like chine edge and a 400 lb capacity. Of course, this is more than you wanted to know.

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